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These lecture notes are here for archival reasons. I no longer teach Perl.

As such some of the latest Perl innovations are not present. The notes refer to Perl 5.001

Nonetheless, I still believe that this is a valuable resource.

Latest Perl Version and Further Up-to-date Information

The latest stable release of Perl is 5.20 – for example, it doesn't have CGI built-in anymore.

Detail on more modern Perl maybe found at:


Here we list some of the resources that can take you to the next level of understanding. You can see which Usenet newsgroups are best to read, where to find Perl scripts that you can copy and modify for your own use, and other useful information.

First, some Web sites you can visit are listed. They have useful Web, CGI, and Perl related libraries, sample scripts, and documentation that can be extremely helpful.


There is a massive resource of Perl related information on the Web If you are new to Perl and/or CGI programming with Perl, you will want to visit each of these sites listed here and also search the Web for many more. Doing this will give you a good understanding of what is available to help you become a great CGI programmer. As you visit the sites, keep track of useful files that can be downloaded that interest you, including their version and the date. You might also bookmark the site in your Web browser. When you are done visiting all the sites, you will know where to access the most recent of the tools and you can begin to download and build your own CGI development library.

Next, you can read about Usenet, a service that uses news articles to deliver information. You can browse through the newsgroups and pick up useful information. Additionally, any time you have a question on Perl or CGI programming you can post the question to a newsgroup. Responses to questions are usually quick if your subject lines are well thought-out and descriptive.

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